Ever since Reggie Mckenzie was given the job as General Manager, he has been taking all the plagues, infections, viruses, termites etc., out of the Raiders. Everyone knows that there were many things wrong within the organization, and many things that were only here due to Al Davis and his fondness towards loyal staff members. So when the new GM came, things began to change. Many things have changed since he came, like underperforming players earning top tier money and staff members who didn't do their job Reggie's way. Here is the latest one...So I was just looking through some Raider news and I ran into this, reported by ESPN. So it looks like Reggie has fired our top scout, Jon Kingdom. This may seem surprising because it is right after the draft, but this is exactly when scout firings usually happen. Jon Kingdon has been with the Raiders for many years now, and he had become Al Davis' favorite, if not number one scout. There could be many reasons behind that, since it was Al Davis.
One could speculate Reggie and Jon did not meet eye to eye in their evaluations and this led to his firing. It is not surprising to me however, because the Raiders have been known to be a little unorthodox in their evaluating method, and this must be a reason Mckenzie decided Kingdon was not right for his staff.
For his replacement, it was reported a couple days ago that he wants to bring in former Jets scout, Joey Clinkscale, who was a high school and college teammate. This would be McKenzie making a decision to make himself more comfortable with the way things function around here.
I personally don't know much about Jon Kingdon or Joey Clinkscale and I don't know much about scouts, so I really don't know how I feel about this. I know that Joey Clinkscale has drafted okay in that last couple years, bringing in talent like Mark Sanchez, Kyle Wilson, Darrell Revis, Vladimir Ducasse, and etc. He missed on Sanchez, but he hit on Revis, Wilson, and Ducasse, so he seems pretty good.
I feel like I really can't touch this subject because it is too deep within the organization to be public information, but I feel like it is a significant event. What you guys think?